|New Bill Would Double Occupancy Tax|
|Written by James Jestes|
|Tuesday, 17 March 2009 08:51|
Representative Cullie Tarleton introduced a bill on behalf of the town of Boone earlier this month, which would double the occupancy tax in Boone and other areas.
The tax would increase from three to six percent on gross receipts of rental accommodations furnished by any hotel, motel, inn or similar rental property.
According to House Bill 401, net proceeds from the tax would be distributed to the Boone Tourism Development Authority to promote travel and tourism and other tourism-related expenditures.
The bill also requires at least 66 percent of the net proceeds to be spent on promotion of travel and tourism in the High Country Area.
According to Tarleton, many areas in North Carolina currently have a six percent occupancy tax and the bill will allow the High Country to benefit in an increasingly competitive tourism market.
Boone Mayor, Loretta Clawson, said she believes increasing the occupancy tax will have a positive effect on the tourism industry in the High Country.
Clawson said, “We’ll be able to use that money to help our tourism projects and what that will do is give us more money for tourism, so we feel like it’s a fairness issue.”
Other affected tourist based economies include Beech Mountain, Blowing Rock, West Jefferson, Wilkesboro, Mount Airy, Dobson and Avery County.
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